Gearhart said he would like to see quicker access to care.
“When there is a delay in care, we sometimes miss the boat,” Gearhart said.
Davis said what they need now is more education for people who might not know about the research and the effects of childhood trauma.
At the end of the panel, attendees were asked to break in to small groups and look at a real-life scenario and come up with ways the people in the scenario could be helped.
Each table was asked to take notes on suggestions — at the end of the meeting, the notes went to the Better Health of Cass County mental health task force.
Rouser said the task force will take the ideas and develop a plan to move forward. She said it will be a several-month process to implement the ideas.
“I think we’re fortunate in Cass County that we already have a strong coalition of people working together through Better Health of Cass County and CCRN,” Rouser said. “We’re fortunate we’re not starting from zero.”
The state of Washington has adopted the ACE research for policy development, Rouser said.
“We could someday see something like that for Indiana.”
Amie Sites is a reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.